Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Plan A Relaxing Outdoor Space

The idea of bringing the outdoors in is nothing new. Design schemes around the world are incorporating natural elements more and more. Just flick through the pages of Vogue Living or Belle and you’ll see breathtaking outdoor spaces that flow in from striking interiors.

I really do encourage anyone wanting to learn more about planning and styling inspirational outdoor spaces to enrol in one of the Coco Republic Design School’s upcoming masterclasses in Sydney and Brisbane. Held on a Saturday, each offer an informative and interactive full day session on how to enhance our uniquely Australian outdoor environment through sublime interior design.

Course dates are;

Sydney – Plan An Inspired Outdoor Space
20th February, 10am to 3:30pm

Sydney – Styling The Outdoor Room
27th February, 10am to 3:30pm

Brisbane – Plan An Inspired Outdoor Space
19th March, 10am to 3:30pm

Whilst bringing the outdoors in is really quite simply, bringing the indoors out requires a little more thought. A luscious, relaxing and welcoming outdoor living environment can greatly increase the appeal and desire to your home and provide a private retreat feel – a soothing oasis to escape the hustles and bustles of everyday life.

The use of gazebos and pergolas have become extremely popular when decorating an exterior environment and are pivotal items when achieving an inviting outdoor living space.  These pieces give a sense of space and intimacy and by framing them in a sheer drape, this will give the illusion of space within your outdoor area and  will also provide shade on those hot summer days. You can add personalised touches to your gazebo with bright cushions or throws. 

Creating an entrance into your space is an important factor when dressing an outdoor living environment. An arch or trellis acts as a perfect touch leading into your outdoor room. The structure of the arch or trellis gives your guests a distinct feeling of entering a new space. This entry way can be personalised to suit your design aesthetic or season with vibrant climbing plants or feature lighting.

I think framing an outdoor space is equally as important the styling elements. I’ve seen beautiful homes with lush layers of tropical greenery, zen inspired spaces with pillars of bamboo and rustic yet luxurious timber fencing.

With the right advice or knowledge, you can create an appealing addition to your home and provide an oasis for your friends and family to relax in supreme comfort all year round.

Coco Republic Interior Design have created some incredible outdoor spaces. View their portfolio here.

Caitlan N

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